The night of that collaboration landed squarely on my 27th birthday, and I had two tickets for the show and would have been in the audience. However, I had come down with a terrible sinus infection and was too sick to go. I gave my tickets to my friend and his wife, and they reported back to me that Marie had come out for a special appearance.
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"RIP LADY T, IT WAS GREAT KNOWING HER AND WHEN SHE SAT IN AND JAMMED WITH WAR A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AT THE GROVE IN ANAHEIM, SHE BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN."
Marie was set to bring more houses down with her passionate voice at a scheduled concert date in February at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. All 2011 dates, including two shows across the puddle at London's 02 Arena, have obviously been canceled in the aftermath of her death. Nevertheless, the memories and music still remain strong.